The Church of England has spoken out against a bill that British MPs are getting set to vote on which would allow "three-parent babies" to be born from DNA replacement.
"The Archbishops Council, which monitors this issue, does not feel that there has been sufficient scientific study or informed consultation into the ethics, safety and efficacy of mitochondria transfer," Rev. Brendan McCarthy, the Church of England's national adviser on medical ethics, said.
"Without a clearer picture of the role mitochondria play in the transfer of hereditary characteristics, the Church does not feel it would be responsible to change the law at this time." more >>
A self-described atheist psychiatrist has recently argued that being a nonbeliever does not hinder her ability to counsel Christian patients.
Jean Kim, a psychiatrist with the US Department of State, recently penned a perspective piece for The Washington Post regarding the subject of counseling believing patients.
"My religious friend once asked me point-blank, 'if you don't believe in God, how can you see someone who does as anything but delusional? As a mental health professional, how do you counsel such a person?'," wrote Kim. more >>
As various companies develop goggles that can project holographic text and images, some believe that the next version of the Good Book might be a hologram.
A blog entry posted last week on openbible.info noted that Microsoft recently released the product "Hololens", which allows for images and texts to be placed onto real world backgrounds.
New Jersey's Superior Court will soon hear arguments regarding two motions in a lawsuit leveled against a Jewish group that offers therapy to change a person's sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual.
Two motions were filed on behalf of JONAH International in its legal battle against the Montgomery, Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center, which is known for labeling faith-based organizatons as "hate groups" due to their opposition to homosexuality and pro-gay agendas.
The SPLC also filed parallel motions against JONAH on behalf of its clients, which Arthur Goldberg, co-director of JONAH, described as "misguided motions [that] are based on the false assumption that homosexuality is a 'normal variant of human sexuality' and that sexual orientation cannot 'change.'" more >>
A team of scientists and scholars claim to have discovered the world's earliest-known version of the Gospel, dating back to the first century A.D., which was found on a sheet of papyrus used to make an ancient mummy's mask in Egypt.
Live Science is reporting that Craig Evans, a professor of New Testament studies at Acadia Divinity College in Nova Scotia, and an associated team of three dozen researchers and scholars have unmasked what is thought to be a written portion of the Gospel of Mark, that possibly dates back as early as 80 A.D.
Although most people think of Egyptian mummy masks being made of gold, Evans explained in a seminar that most ancient Egyptians, that were not pharaohs nor part of ancient Egypt's elite social class, were mummified with masks made out of used sheets of papyrus because that was the most cost efficient way for the families to preserve the bodies of their loved ones. more >>
Two states that had previously rejected bans on a controversial therapy practice that aims to change sexual orientation are again considering measures to prohibit the practice on minors.
Legislators from Illinois and Virginia are reintroducing bills to ban conversion therapy for minors, hoping to follow in the footsteps of California, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.
In Virginia, State Delegate Patrick Hope and State Senator Louise Lucas introduced a bill meant to ban therapy for minors. more >>